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by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction Title for Young Adults, 2011
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Top Forty
Library Media Connection Editor's Choice Award / Fiction 9-12

A finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award, this novel sensitively captures the angst of a teenage alcoholic in rehab.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-935955-09-8
13-digit ISBN978-1-935955-09-2
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count304
Product Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateFebruary 14, 2012
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RightsAll Rights Available

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Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He’s also an alcoholic, and he’s is in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what’s up with that?
I have it in my head that when we’re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people’s hearts he writes Happy and on some people’s hearts he writes Sad and on some people’s hearts he writes Crazy on some people’s hearts he writes Genius and on some people’s hearts he writes Angry and on some people’s hearts he writes Winner and on some people’s hearts he writes Loser. It’s all like a game to him. Him. God. And it’s all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. I don’t like God very much. Apparently he doesn’t like me very much either.

Benjamin Alire Saenz is a prolific novelist, poet and author of children’s books. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, his first novel for young adults, was a finalist for the LA Times Prize and a YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults pick in 2005.

School Library Journal 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
"This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed."
- September 15, 2009 
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Publishers Weekly 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
"Offering insight into addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz’s...artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."
- September 28, 2009 
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Kirkus Reviews
"...a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."
- August 15, 2009 
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"…there is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."
- September 15, 2009 
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Matt de la Peña
"Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new novel is a gift of honesty and poetry and heart."
- March 26, 2009 
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Linda Sue Park, author of When My Name was Keoko
I cried with Zach all the way through this book: tears of rage and sorrow—sometimes laughing—and finally, tears of hope and joy. Thanks to Ben Saenz’ pitch-perfect writing, Zach will stay in my heart for a long time.
El Paso Times
"Benjamin Alire Sáenz's most devastating and exquisite novel to date."
- September 12, 2009 
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Library Media Connection
"Zach’s story as an alcoholic is a painful but positive reaffirmation of the human spirit."
Oneota Reading Journal
Sáenz does a wonderful job of painting Zach’s struggle while in a rehab center where the Zach fights his inner monster. This inspirational story can help middle to high school students learn about the beauty of life, hope, healing and family.
El Paso Scene
Last Night I Sang to the Monster will provide younger readers with reassurance that they are not alone in dealing with the demons of dysfunctional families and painful memories."

- Randy Limbird, June 28, 2011 
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